To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the film adaptation of Jenny Han’s YA novel, is now available on Netflix! This is a public service announcement, in case you haven’t had the internet until now.) The film is lighthearted, romantic, and timely, and it was a treat to watch Lana Condor’s portrayal of Lara Jean come to life on screen. Netflix is great because we can watch the same thing over and over again, whenever we want! In addition, I’ll never get tired of watching Peter K. responsibly consume kombucha at a party and take adorable photos of Lara Jean, but if you’re itching for a good book, here are ten that are similar to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
If you loved the Song-Covey sister dynamics and crave some family drama with your romance…
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
The life of Josie, a sixteen-year-old from England, is constantly in flux. She’s fluent in the lingo of Beautiful Girls, Boyfriends, and Friendships from her time in high school and college. Only her best friend Stu and her sister Kate are fluent in her native tongue. Because of this, when Kate gets engaged to a man she can’t stand, Josie can’t help but see it as the biggest mistake of her life. For the wedding, Kate is determined to subjugate Josie; Josie is determined to separate Kate and her fiance. Amidst a war of words over secrets and semantics, Josie is compelled to ponder her feelings for the boyfriend who claims to love her, the sister she adores but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who has yet to speak to her.
If you like the push and pull of a will they or won’t they relationship, and crave some excellent banter…
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson
It is Trixie Watson’s goal to finally save enough money to buy the Doctor Who figurines at the local comic book store, and to finish third in her class so that Ben West, who spent all summer growing a horrible mustache, falls to fourth place..
For Trixie, nothing is impossible, including giving up sleep and comic books—well, maybe not comic books, but definitely sleep—in order to surpass Ben’s name in the rankings. While Doctor Who has its share of epic battles with Daleks, it’s hard to ignore Watson v. West, which dates all the way back to that infamous first-grade monkey bar incident. For the first time in a decade, we have a clear winner.
Until Trixie’s best friend gets engaged to Ben’s best friend, the war is Trixie’s to lose. Then the two are forced to play nice. When Trixie and Ben’s tentative truce turns into a tentative friendship based on their shared love of fandom, it’s odious and painful. To make matters more complicated, when Trixie’s best friend is expelled for cheating and Trixie claims foul play, they must decide who to believe and which side to take—and they may not choose the same side.
If you love the idea of strategic alliances with your crushes that definitely, most certainly won’t evolve into something more…
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandyha Menon
For Dimple Shah, everything is under control. Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband” is making her crave a break from her family. Ugh. However, Dimple is aware that her principles must be respected in some way. They didn’t pay for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers if they thought she needed a husband right now, right?
A hopeless romantic by nature, Rishi Patel. And so he’s delighted when his parents explain that since his future wife will also be attending a similar summer program as him, this is the perfect opportunity for him to win her over. While it may seem silly to others, Rishi places a high value on order and structure in his life, and he aspires to be a part of something much greater than himself.
When the Shahs and Patels noticed that their children were gravitating toward the same summer camp, they decided to see if they could make this “suggested arrangement” a reality.
Rishi and Dimple may believe they understand one another. Love, on the other hand, is a force to be reckoned with when opposites attract.
If you love the lost and found letters subplot and how they can bring people together in unexpectedly wonderful ways…
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
To celebrate her brother’s graduation, Emi Price was given the responsibility of looking after his Los Angeles apartment while he is away for the summer. When it comes to love, Emi may be a talented young production designer who is beginning to succeed in the highly competitive film industry.
After discovering a mysterious letter at a Hollywood film legend’s estate sale with her best friend Charlotte, Emi must leave her carefully crafted world to track down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a long-buried secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.
If you love the intense, pulse-pounding awkwardness of having a crush and trying to exist in the same world as that crush…
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
Abby Ives, a seventeen-year-old fashionista who also happens to be gay, has always been content to play the sidekick in the lives of those around her. In contrast to her sisters and friends, Abby has stayed single and content to work on her plus-size style blog and her aspirations of breaking into the fashion industry. At her favorite boutique, she’s excited to begin her journey toward becoming a fashion designer. Then she develops feelings for Jordi Perez, another intern. Hard. In order to get the paid internship at the end of the internship, she has to beat out the girl she’s kissing.
The truth is that not a single thing this summer is going according to plan. As she tries to prove to her mother, the city’s celebrity health nut, that she’s happy with who she is, she unwittingly becomes friends with Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in Los Angeles.
Jordi’s photography unexpectedly puts Abby in the spotlight as she begins to feel like she’s no longer a sidekick in her own life. Abby, on the other hand, feels betrayed rather than like she’s landed a big role. Is it possible for Abby to reconcile her positive but private self-perception with the one that others have of her?